It is with profound sadness that the family of Shelley Ann Jones announces her passing into the caring hands of our Creator during the final minutes of 8 April 2023.
Shelley was born in Oshawa on the 23rd of November 1965 to Vera Jones (nee McColl) and the late Rowatt Jones (2013). She, her parents, and her older brother Rick loved spending as much time as possible with their extended family in the Haliburton Highlands enjoying its natural beauty and its many recreational activities. This wonderful tradition has been passed on to her loving husband Christopher Wiles and her adoring son Matthew Wiles who will continue to make the northern trek from Ottawa; especially during the fall as this was Shelley’s favorite season.
Shelley loved to learn from an early age and even skipped a grade while at Cedardale public school. Following high school at JL Roberts, she graduated from the Durham College Legal Administration program and then went on to Queens University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Studies. After taking a break from her studies to begin her career, get married, and start a family, she later returned to school to earn a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. In recognition of her many academic and professional achievements, she was recognized by Durham College as an Alumnus of Distinction.
After working for various firms in Ottawa and Kingston providing litigation support, Shelley became a Registered Trademark Agent at Borden Ladner Gervais. Following an internship at Yahoo!, in her final year of law school, she articled at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2010, she joined Blackberry as Senior Legal Counsel (Trademarks and Brand Enforcement). In 2017 she joined the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) management team and served as their Director of Stakeholder relations until she was recruited by the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) to bring its innovative after school and summer STEM enrichment camps to Canada. When NIHF suspended Canadian operations due to Covid, Shelley founded her own company Cedarwing which helped IPIC secure and manage a large federal grant to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the Intellectual Property profession.
Visitation & Funeral Service
Friends are invited to call at the HALIBURTON COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME at 13523 Hwy. #118, Haliburton, Ontario (705) 457-9209 on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 1 o'clock for a Funeral Service in the Chapel. (Visitation one hour prior). For those wishing to join the family virtually please follow the enclosed link. https://join.skype.com/l69e7pMY4RpM In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice or the Haliburton Highlands Hospital Foundation. Later this spring, Shelley will be laid to rest at the Maple Lake United Church Cemetery.
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